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Prison officials softening terms used to label inmates

The Washington Department of Corrections is changing the language it uses to describe Washington’s nearly 19,000 people behind bars.


Obama orders 98 more prisoner releases, the most ever in a year

President Barack Obama has now ordered more prisoners released early from federal penitentiaries in a single year than any of his predecessors, after commuting the sentences of 98 people on …


Low IQ could mean new sentence for death row inmate

A death row inmate convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend could get a new sentencing trial based on his possible intellectual disability.


Prosecutors drop charges in juvenile inmate sex abuse case

A former Idaho juvenile corrections nurse accused of having sex with inmates has had all charges against her dropped.


U.K. to pardon thousands convicted under past anti-gay laws

Thousands of men who were convicted under now-abolished British laws against homosexuality are to receive posthumous pardons, the government announced Thursday. Those who are still alive can will be eligible …


Yakima County jail uses segregation to keep gangs separate

As authorities step up the prosecution of gang members, the Yakima County jail is using segregation techniques to keep inmates safe in jail.


Corrections chief defends housing adults at youth prisons

Montana corrections officials intend to go before the Legislature to sort out the legal issues of housing adult offenders in two youth prisons, which the head of the state Department …


Montana violates law by housing adults in youth prisons, audit says

An audit says the Montana Department of Corrections is breaking the law by housing youth and adult offenders in the same facility and by contracting to send girl offenders to …


Montana man exonerated after 18 years in prison for murder

A Montana man who spent 18 years in prison for the killing of his best friend said Thursday that he’s finally a “free member of society” after prosecutors dropped all …


Benton City man gets 30-year federal sentence for prostituting teens at labor camps

A Benton City man will spend 30 years in federal prison for forcing two girls to have sex with customers at migrant labor camps and motels and keeping the earnings …


Woman exonerated after 35 years sues officials in 2 states

A woman who spent 35 years in prison for a 1976 Reno killing before being exonerated by DNA evidence has sued officials in Nevada and Louisiana, alleging civil rights violations …


Toothless inmate sues prison over dentures policy

An inmate at the Washington State Penitentiary has filed a federal lawsuit claiming prison officials refused to provide him with dentures after removing all of his rotten teeth, forcing him …


Judge denies Blagojevich’s bid to lighten 14-year sentence

A federal judge on Tuesday upheld Rod Blagojevich’s 14-year prison sentence on corruption counts, setting aside pleas for leniency by the former Illinois governor’s wife and daughters during his resentencing.


Oregon standoff figure Ryan Bundy hatched escape, prosecutor says

A federal prosecutor says Oregon standoff figure Ryan Bundy was working on a plan to escape from a Portland jail.


Man who ‘pistol-whipped’ woman gets nine-year sentence

A 36-year-old man will spend more than nine years in prison for “pistol-whipping” and strangling a woman who disturbed him while he was sleeping, the Spokane Police Department said Wednesday.


Police investigating after Oregon inmate dies unexpectedly

The Oregon State Police are investigating after a 29-year-old inmate at Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla died unexpectedly on Saturday.


Costly hepatitis C cure strains Idaho’s budget

New hepatitis C treatments could help eradicate the deadly infectious disease and also break the bank. Idaho has been forced to limit which Medicaid patients and prison inmates get drugs …


Deal in sex abuse case prompted by lawsuits

Prosecutors in southwestern Idaho agreed to amend a former juvenile correction nurse’s sex crime charge largely because of pending lawsuits against the state.


Two more charged in conspiracy to smuggle drugs into prison

Two Tennessee women are alleged to have been involved in a conspiracy to smuggle illegal drugs into the Montana State Prison between April and August 2015.


Iowa Supreme Court bans life without parole for teen killers

A divided Iowa Supreme Court on Friday banned judges from imposing life prison sentences without the possibility of parole on juveniles convicted of first-degree murder.


Ferry County man who dealt meth and heroin at mountain compound will serve 20 years in prison

Jason C. Youker, 47, was arrested in September 2014 on charges tied to the sale of drugs on his property. Investigators said he was planning on constructing a compound in …


Federal inmates released at wrong time due to staff error, report says

Staff error resulted in 152 federal inmates being freed after their correct release dates between 2009 and 2014, including three who spent more than an extra year behind bars, according …


Guard accused of smuggling drugs into Montana State Prison

A Montana State Prison guard has been accused smuggling methamphetamine and marijuana into the prison in exchange for cash.


Passenger gets probation for placing fake bomb on plane

A passenger who placed a fake bomb in a restroom during an international flight has avoided a prison term.


Man to be exonerated 50-plus years after wrongful conviction

More than 50 years after a wrongful conviction in a New York City killing and more than 40 years after being released from prison, a Virginia man is returning to …


Virginia GOP lawmakers to sue over felons’ voting rights

Republican lawmakers in Virginia will file a lawsuit challenging Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s decision to allow more than 200,000 convicted felons to vote in November, GOP leaders said Monday.


N. Korea sends another U.S. citizen to prison

North Korea has sentenced an ethnic Korean citizen of the United States to 10 years in prison.


Details of sex abuse could mean prison time for Hastert

When Dennis Hastert pleaded guilty last year to breaking banking laws, sentencing guidelines suggested that the former House speaker would probably serve no more than six months in prison for …


Executive order signed for support for former prisoners

Gov. Jay Inslee has signed an executive order to give those who have completed their prison terms more support once they’re back in their community. The order, signed Tuesday, directs …


U.S. to states: Make it easier for ex-prisoners to obtain IDs

States should make it easier for convicted felons to obtain state-issued identification after they get out of prison, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Monday in announcing a set of measures …